Much of our culture is marshaling to combat the so-called "war on women." In an effort to promote gender equality, there are hundreds of taxpayer-funded women's centers on college and university campuses across the nation. There are women's business centers in banks and chambers of commerce, and there are women legislators' organizations throughout the nation. There is an ongoing outcry for gender pay equality in the workforce. And of course there is at least a 25-year-old Affirmative Action statute requiring preferential treatment of women.
All of these efforts, combined with media collaborators, are organized to advance women in business, education and politics. From all of this, is the unfortunate implication that women cannot achieve on their own because someone is oppressing them. The identified oppressors are stereotypically men. The not-so-hidden agenda is to make villains out of men and victims out of women.
In reality, women are empowered with gifts, talents and opportunities to compete on any level in any venue. But instead, the implication of all the organized efforts on behalf of women suggests they are only accepted into academic programs and can only be advanced in career leadership because of affirmative-action interventions. Women's dependency on affirmative action does not inspire respect for them; it demeans them and their hard-earned achievements.